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Unfortunately, as much as I want her to return, I think it would cheapen the scene. People said Moffat didn't kill enough people off, and as soon as he did, look what we're doing! Begging for them to return. Adric had it lucky...
16 hours, 9 minutes ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?
Sorry Michelle, I thought you were amazing. But I have to vote for someone...
22 hours, 26 minutes ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
It's odd how I've seen An Unearthly Child more than most of the list. I don't think I've seen either The Unicorn and the Wasp or Turn Left since 2008.
1 day ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)
The problematic thing saying legitimate criticism of people is belittling them is ignoring the problematic thing in the first place. It's part of the society that seems to think calling out sexism is worse than sexism in the first place.
You say Political Correctness had killed freedom of speech. But criticising someone is not affecting their freedom of speech. They are entitled to say it - but it's also MY freedom of speech to criticise it. And unfortunately, freedom of speech is used to defend probelmatic opinions. The pro segregationists of the 60s are perfectly entitled to their beliefs but that doesn't mean we have to allow it. It's still racism and people are allowed to criticise it. People can praise apartheid and are entitled to under freedom of speech, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with it.
And yes, I think if the Doctor was real he would call out sexism. I think the Doctor views everyone as equal and that he doesn't view anyone differently regardless of age gender race or sexuality. And I ghink he'd be upset that people are saying the show would be ruined if there was a simple change of gender.
3 days, 13 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Well, if you approach it from a philosophical perspective you could argue there is no such thing as good and evil, just people with opposing views. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. But comparing the Rani to the Master is difficult because the Rani is decisively different from the Master. The Master is a character who takes pleasure out of murdering and killing with absolutely no consequence. He aims to control and degrade others not for logical gain, but for pure power. This sets him at conflict with the Doctor, a character who opposes this. The Rani on the other hand is a character who has sacrificed morals to persue her aims - not out of spite malice or psychosis, but out of a "ends justify the means" attitude. This of course sets her at conflict with the anarchic doctor, but in completely different ways to the Master. The Rani is not a female Master; she would not have killed Osgood without good reason because keeping her alive was not logical. The Master did for no reason except for "Dominating" poor Osgood. The Master exploited her fear and murdered her anyway.
3 days, 14 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@JacobHaggerty @DoustAlex @troughton who? I just think it's a shame we live in a world where people defend prejudiced opinions behind cries of "I'm not racist, but...", "I'm not sexist, but..." Even comments on this very website point out prejudice, and then cry "Oh, but I know you're not being sexist, by the way" Why is everyone so afraid to point out sexism and racism? It's a thing people experience on a daily basis. Society is unfortunately ingrained with it.
And yes, if I encounter it, I'll point it out. I don't think it automatically makes someone a bad person, that they anyone who has ever said something sexist is scum who should leave and be purged. But that doesn't mean it's not there. There's nothing wrong with pointing it out. It shows something about our society that people defend themselves instead of saying "hey, you know what? I was wrong, and I'm sorry, and I'll try not to do it again."
3 days, 21 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@JacobHaggerty @DoustAlex @troughton who? I'm sick of people with discriminatory opinions hiding being veils of "I'm not racist, but...", "I'm not sexist but...", "I'm not homophobic, but..." Even comments on this website go something like "Hang on, you said something that is a little bit prejudiced. Now, I don't think you're sexist, because you're not, but..." No, I'm sorry, if you say something prejudiced against women, that's sexism! It's not inventing a label if it actually is! People seem to think nowadays that calling someone else sexist or racist is the worst possible insult you can utter to another human being, and feel the need to apologise when they're pointing out another person's prejudice. And I don't think that's right. If I see a sexist opinion, I'll call it out! If I walk past someone being homophobic, I won't apologise to them. I'll tell them to stop. And it's the same here. I'm not saying everyone with sexist opinions is automatically a bad person, who should be spurned by society as the pathetic filth they are - no, I'm just pointing out what exists. I'm sure there's plenty of reasonable, rational arguments against a female Doctor, but people aren't using them, they're retorting to sexist ones. Most sexism isn't said deliberately, it's said by people in everyday conversation, most people don't realise it's sexist at all. Unfortunately most people just attempt to defend themselves that just admit "Hey, yeah you're right, I'm sorry I said that, I'll try not to do it again"
3 days, 22 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
The problem with this is that we *don't* have an evil "Time Lady". The Rani was never evil, she was amoral. She was never a villain like the Master, she was a scientist with no morals.
3 days, 23 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Women can be sexist to other women.
@pats86 That's an extremely strong outcome for a point that you can't prove.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@JacobHaggerty Also, just to add. Out of all the surviving classic Doctors, Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGannhave all stated they would be happy to see a female Doctor. (In fact, there's only been one, Peter Davison, who has actually stated his disapproval).
“Well, you’re making an assumption that it’s going to be a man.” - Tom Baker
“There’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be female.” - Colin Baker
"If the Doctor can change from looking like Colin Baker to looking like me and change yet again so he looks like the not-as-handsome Paul McGann, then turning into a woman doesn’t seem much stranger. It’d be interesting and they should try it.” - Sylvester McCoy
“It’s science fiction! Tilda Swinton as Doctor Who, can you imagine that? Tell me you wouldn’t watch that. You would. You know you would!” - Paul McGann
So yes, most of the surviving actors from the classic era are in approval of changing the Doctor. These being people who have portrayed the character for years, and continue to do so via Big Finish.
As well as this, the person who helped create the show and the character, Sydney Newman, specifically stated the BBC should introduce a female Doctor in the late 80's. Yes, almost 30 years ago one of the creators of the show stated his approval of making the character he helped create a woman.
@JacobHaggerty @troughton who? It's not a misguided opinion. If the Doctor regenerated into a female form, the only thing that would change is their appearance. They would be written the same, same personality, same intellect, same everything. But because the character now superficially looks female, people would dislike that and complain. That's what sexism is. It's a prejudice against women.
If you cannot give a rational explanation for not changing the Doctor's gender, it's a sexist opinion. People who think a woman is not capable of playing the Doctor, the most transcendent character on TV, they are being sexist! Just like people who think a black man could not convincingly play the part are being racist.
People who think a female Doctor would be more concerned with her appearance or painting her nails than saving the day are being incredibly misogynistic and thus, sexist. People who think female fans will only watch the show if the main character is attractive are, shockingly, sexist. It's not a label being thrown around if it's true. If you think a purely superficial casting of a character portrayed by a female actress will ruin the character, that is sexist!
@mashieboyz @troughton who? @stargazer0118 If your argument is "some people are racist and would stop watching", does that mean we should just get rid of minority characters in general? I'm sure plenty of racist people complained and stopped watching when Freema Agyeman was cast as the next companion, but that's not an argument against her.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@Shadestryke That's one way of looking at it. But on the other hand, many transgender people are sick of ONLY being portrayed on screen where they are belittled, struggling. Many trans people wish to see a trans character on screen who is happy and accepted, even if it is not "realistic". Because if you think about it, how many trans characters on screen are happy and don't face discrimination.
People use television as a means of escaping the real world, and some trans people don't want to be reminded by their daily struggle. Not every portrayal has to be negative and sad.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@stargazer0118 @troughton who? Does that mean the Doctor can't be played by a black man either? Because he's been pretty consistently white too. Does that mean a black actor doesn't have the acting capabilities to portray this uncompromisingly white character? No, of course not. An actor of any ethnicity could portray a Doctor perfectly because the character transcends ethnicity.
Now apply that logic to gender. Give me a reason a woman could NOT play the Doctor that is not based on appearance. A female doctor could have the same personality, the same intellect, the same everything, but just because they had a female appearance, people object to the idea. In a show that features farting aliens the fact people can't imagine the main character in a female body escapes me.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
The biggest problem with this is COULD they bring her back? While fans of the show will remember her, it's now 6 years since Jenny was last in the show. People at home would have little-to-no memory of the character. Yes, they did that with Catherine Tate/Donna Noble but there were differences - 1) Donna was brought back only a year and a bit after her first appearance; 2) Donna functioned as the main companion in the episode while The Doctor's Daughter had Donna AND Martha; 3) Catherine Tate was well known with the British public while Georgia Moffett isn't particularly known outside of Who circles.
That's not to say it couldn't work, as long as they divorced themselves from referencing the past too much. There's a difference between a small reference to visiting a place ("Metebelis III crystal", "Gobby Australian to an airport... Brave heart Clara" etc) to making an entire episode that revolves around the past (Attack of the Cybermen). Episodes in the 80s declined partly because of too much reliance on past continuity - let alone introducing a companion based on it.
Plus, would Georgia Moffett be open to returning as a companion? Fans would complain if she was replaced, but remember she has a young family and a Doctor Who companion is a VERY demanding job. We might find the idea hard to believe, but she might not actually want to sign up as a full time companion.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Jenny: A Future Companion
Would you have a female James Bond or Harry Potter? Why not? Harry Potter doesn't count because both Doctor Who and James Bond have a tradition of being played by different actors, while Harry Potter doesn't. Doctor Who actively has a mechanism where the main character can turn into a person with a different personality, appearance, voice etc, changing gender would change nothing.
James Bond every few years changes his appearance and to an extent personality with no explanation at all. You can complain that a black man could never play James Bond because "he's a white characterrrrrrrrr" but what difference does it really make to his character? Sean Connery's Bond is clearly a different person to Daniel Craig's. They are not the same person, they can't exist in the same universe. Why can't we have a world where James Bond is actually a black man? Or a woman?
Regardless, James Bond clearly HAS an established identity, while the Doctor doesn't. You can easily silhouette James bond without showing the actor, you can't silhouette Dr. Who. There is no established Dr. Who; the Doctor can be played by anyone.
And truth be told, Missy's variation on the Master's personality is no different to say, John Simm's. Complaining that Moffat just characterised the Master wrong is like saying RTD characterised the Doctor wrong because the Tenth Doctor was too different from the original Dr. Who.
It's ironic there's people claiming this when, say, people are saying she should've been the Rani - has anyone actually seen the Rani? She was nothing like Missy. The Rani was a scientist with no morals, while the Master is a sociopathic killer with an affinity for insane over-the-top plans. Michelle Gomez WAS playing the Master. I'm sick of people bringing up the argument "would you make Hermione a man?" Women are still severely underrepresented on screen. The Doctor is one of the few characters where almost anyone could portray. The Doctor isn't a masculine character. The Doctor is a character with no specified identity.
Just because there's rallying cries of "I'm not sexist because XYZ" doesn't mean it isn't sexist because it is. People who say the Doctor cannot be played by a woman are sexist. People who say they would stop watching the show if the Doctor was played by a woman are sexist. People who believe the show's ratings would plummet if a female doctor was introduced are being sexist.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
@pats86 "And for those who stayed with it during the barren years that is not a good way to repay their loyalty" Good riddance.
@Gustaff @ilyootha It's odd to think until recently all I knew him for was playing a father with ambiguous sexual preference on The Inbetweeners. Never in a million years would I expect him to play the Master, and even if I did, I wouldn't have expected him to play it so well.
1 week ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
Eric Roberts! ...On a serious note, is this even a competition? I can't see anyone but Degaldo winning this.
@Kongosoha is ready for Hoenn... in SPACE!!! That wasn't the implication though. Both of those cases are different. How is an atom comparable to an egg? Surely she would've just turned the Daleks into Kaleds or something if that was true. No, it was a new power that was just fitted into the "power of the TARDIS". But a deus ex machina is a "new event, character, ability, or object that solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way." That was Bad Wolf. It was a new power. If part one introduces a wizard, and at the end of part two the wizard reveals he can resurrect people on the spot, that is still a deus ex machina.
1 week, 1 day ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
How do we know, in a few hundred years in the future, that someone won't use technology to make themselves into Santa Claus? I mean, if I had the technology available to me, why wouldn't I?
1 week, 1 day ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
@Gustaff I'd say 2 is the maximum for me. 1 feels a bit to short, 3 would feel too long. Amy and Rory should've left after series 6.
1 week, 2 days ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
@TheOncomingHurricane It was established in Boom Town that the TARDIS could revert a slitheen to an egg, it did not establish it would turn Rose into someone who could defeat the entire Dalek fleet with a wave of their hand. It doesn't mean the episode is bad though. It IS a deus ex machina but it works in this case :)
1 week, 2 days ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
Well, this puts down the theories the BBC is going to cancel the show, or starving the show of good material so the ratings slowly die. It's just a shame they have to clarify it was a success.
1 week, 3 days ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
I can't stand this one, unfortunately. There's just too much happening. All style and very little substance - not that it's always a bad thing, but this episode encompasses everything I dislike about action films. Comparing this to say, something like Human Nature is like comparing Transformers: Age of Extinction to a Coen Brothers film. Why did they bring Rose back? Why did they feel the need to include the entire Torchwood + Sarah Jane cast? Why did they feel the need to regenerate 10 into himself? Why did they feel the need to cast two David Tennants? What was the Dalek's plan in the first place - build a big bomb that will destroy every universe? It sounds so cheesy it's ridiculous. It tries too hard to be this amazing episode that it ends up being overindulgent at the expense of the plot (or lack thereof).
1 week, 6 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 4
I think John Simm was much better in The End of Time than Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords. He seemed a lot more unstable. One of my biggest issues with the Master trilogy is that they made the Master too similar to the 10th doctor, only evil. Degaldo was never an evil 3rd Doctor, he was a villain in his own right.
1 week, 6 days ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters
Too many people seem to think of the Rani as a female version of the Master - it's the complete opposite. The Rani is basically a scientist with no morals, but everything she does is based on logic in some way (well, a lot of it isn't but that's more Pip & Jane Baker than the Rani in character). Missy WAS the Master - she said it best herself "bananas". The Rani would have kept Osgood alive, maybe dressed up as her, but wouldn't kill her purely for the sake of it.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Michelle Gomez Reveals Series 9 Return, Rani Trickery
Clara doesn't recognise Missy because she didn't go into the shop, she phoned it.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions
@Greenbed4059 In the past, perhaps, but they're synonymous nowadays.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special TV Trailer
This always remains my favourite series finale. I'm not a huge fan of RTD era finales - in fact, this is the only one I enjoy. But it works so well in this case, where I think it failed in the succeeding ones - firstly, the Daleks hadn't been done to death at this point; second, it's suitably dark and tragic whilst still being optimistic. I can even forgive the deus ex machina at the end because it works so well. The episode is a beauty and something I don't think has yet been touched - it has the right amount of anything. I really think RTD tried so hard to make each successive finale bigger and better than the last, and I don't think he managed to emulate his success.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 1
@Gustaff @PaddyB It would've been a cop out ending but Danny didn't come back, so I don't understand what it copped out on?
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)
I can't take this seriously. It looks so DARK! The trailer looks like a creepy 80's psychological horror movie (Alien or James Carpenter's The Thing). And then there's Santa flanked by a couple of christmas Elves. I hope they can live up to the trailer...
2 weeks, 5 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special TV Trailer
Hate to say it but Missy WAS shot by the Brigadier. I just rechecked. I'd hoped she'd teleported out... :(
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
Wouldn't Y become an X? I thought men were XY and women were XX. That being said, how do we know Gallifreyans don't have completely different genes?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Gender-Swapping Regenerations: Why Now?
See, I'm not sure if Moffat would do this. He likes to upset people but it seems a bit brutal for Clara to go back with the intention of having one last conversation and then... causing him to die. It just seems a bit too malicious. Moff likes making people cry but he's not a Game of Thrones writer.
3 weeks ago on Clara’s Mysterious Phone Call: A Theory
As an episode, Dark Water was better, but the reveal of the Master was just unexpected in Utopia. The question asks "which episode brought the Master back best" and the answer, in my opinion, is Utopia.
3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water
I have an odd affection for the TV Movie master. He genuinely seems absolutely bonkers, an absolutely unstable Master. And his campiness is hilarious "I always DREZZ for the occasion!" It's part of why I absolutely adore the TV Movie despite it not being that good.
3 weeks ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)
@mlawesome He explains why there are two zeroes. And Death in Heaven isn't even out yet, there's no way you can rate it amongst the others.
What I fail to understand is why people say the Master is a very male, very masculine character. You guys HAVE seen the TV Movie, right? Or Ainley's master? Or the original, Degaldo's master? Also if you want to talk about pronouns, I've always used "they" to refer to the Doctor as a collective as opposed to one specific incarnation, and likewise with the Master. Unless you're specifying, "they" is fine.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?
@nathew It's okay to criticise Missy because you wanted another villain BUT if you criticise it purely because of the character's gender, that's not cool.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
@MWTV Okay, you've got me more than slightly more excited...
4 weeks ago on Introduction to Dark Water
Maybe it turns out Missy... is just Missy?
@Adric the Genius I assume this was sarcasm?
1 month ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?
Not at all. Why is it whenever we have a companion who gets a focus of attention, people get up in arms about it? Do we have to go back to the dark days of the companion existing to ask questions and attract male viewership?
I love anti-heroes more than I like heroes, so I have no problem with the Doctor being less heroic. I don't care for tradition, personally, so I love how they're shaking it up - the Doctor hasn't really been an anti-hero since the early days of the First Doctor (though Six does stand out as possibly...) I don't honestly understand why so many people are bothered by something being different for once - doesn't the tradition get boring eventually? It's also worth noting that Clara never made the Doctor, because the Doctor WASN'T the Doctor in An Unearthly Child. And I don't think he became the Doctor until ~around~ The Sensorites. It was Ian and Barbara who made the Doctor "The Doctor", not Clara. But honestly, why can't we shake things up now? Why can't we just do something different for once? The Doctor ISN'T an omnipotent God who saves the day all the time. He isn't perfect, and just because some fans seem to think of him as one does not make him one.
1 month, 1 week ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”
I mean, the episodes are good, but it's a bit early to be demanding he be the next show runner? Moffat had 4 stories in six episodes to prove himself over 4 years. Moffat will probably leave at the end of series 9, meaning that the decision will probably be being made around now. I'd like to see a few more before I'm convinced, I'm afraid.
1 month, 1 week ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline
@Ottoman14 I'd like to agree with you, but only two episodes is a little low for my liking. It's weird to think nobody knows who the next showrunner will be, when in 3-4 years everyone will be complaining about how awful they are.
1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline
Where is Jon Pertwee's rendition of the theme song??
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who